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Old 06-04-2008, 10:07 PM
 
Location: Near L.A.
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My top picks:
(1) Austin, TX
(2) Houston, TX, namely the up-and-coming Third Ward, or anywhere near the West Loop (I-610) & Katy Freeway (I-10), or suburbs like Katy, The Woodlands, or Sugarland. (Be sure to avoid the southwest side, inner southeast side, and Greenspoint.)
(3) Fort Worth, TX
(4) Chicago, IL, namely Bucktown, River North, maybe Andersonville, certainly the northwest side, and don't forget to check out suburbs like Evanston and Schaumburg.
(5) Nashville, TN, but stay outside Briley Parkway
(6) Hoover, Vestavia Hills, Mountain Brook, or Alabaster, AL, all suburbs of Birmingham. (DO NOT LIVE IN BIRMINGHAM proper, whatever you do, as it is a very dangerous place!)
(7) Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC, a.k.a. Research Triangle

All of these are excellent locales with high qualities of life, safe neighborhoods, and good schools (okay, in the case of Chicago you might not want to send your kids to Chicago Public Schools, but rather to a suburban district or, if you can afford it, a private school.) I think all of these would be great fits! Chicago and Austin would be most expensive; Nashville, Alabama, and Fort Worth would be least expensive.
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Old 06-04-2008, 10:07 PM
 
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Steven's Point Wisconsin.
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Old 06-04-2008, 10:50 PM
 
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Franklin, TN.
Agreed. Franklin is a very desirable town. It's a fast-growing suburb of Nashville yet it's also historical, very upscale, and has excellent schools.

Here are some pics of the area, taken from Google Images:







http://www.franklin-gov.com/images/Cool%20Springs%20View_large.jpg (broken link)



http://www.miriamspromise.org/MPGT200602.jpg (broken link)

http://www.franklin-gov.com/images/hills_large.jpg (broken link)



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Old 06-05-2008, 02:07 AM
 
Location: New Mexico to Texas
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I would pick-

Nashville area
somewhere in South Carolina
somewhere in Alabama
West Texas

those would be my choices
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Old 06-05-2008, 09:58 AM
 
Location: East Tennessee and Atlanta
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Today 09:49 AM
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A great place to raise my family????? My husband interviewed for a job where you can live just about anywhere in the USA. We have the opportunity to live anywhere. We have 2 kids - 4 and 6 years old. We like to bike and walk and play!!! Prefer nice weather, but will endure some winter for a great place. Excellent Schools are a must and a small to medium city near by for stuff to do. Traffic and commutes dont pose a problem for us. We are looking in the 300-400k price range for a home...I am hoping people can help us find a great place to live with all of the above!! Any advice is greatly appreciated!
jharris213
Fairfield County, CT. Excellent schools, fantastic quality of life, super safe. NYC is 45 mins to 1 hour and 15 mins away. Coast line is right here, mountains are an hour or so away. We have several snows per winter, and 4 lovely seasons. Culturally advanced as well as a wonderful place to live. It's one of the better areas in the US.
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Old 06-05-2008, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Middleton, Wisconsin
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Them Tennessee pictures are beautiful.
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Old 06-05-2008, 10:04 AM
 
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Tennessee or Wisconsin. Wisconsin has 2nd best ACT scores and really good schools. We also have four distinct seasons. Our summers rock because we get only a few real hot days and some really nice days of low 80's and high 70's. Wisconsin is expensive to live in, but it's all worth it. We have very many terrains just like Tennessee which I also recommend! Tennessee is a bit warmer in the summer and winters. etc.

I also recommend Louisville, KY as Censusdata said. Northern KY is beautiful.

All in all, Check out Southcentral Wisconsin, Eastern Tennessee, Northern KY.
Someone who prefers warm weather and can only "tolerate" the cold as a last resort would hate WI weather.

TN and KY would be better. I'll agree there.
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Old 06-05-2008, 10:07 AM
 
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I'll also second Houston. Many of the schools are supposed to be quite good.
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Old 06-05-2008, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Middleton, Wisconsin
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Someone who prefers warm weather and can only "tolerate" the cold as a last resort would hate WI weather.

TN and KY would be better. I'll agree there.

Good Point. I think that most people don't realize though that Wisconsin is so beautiful in Winter. I can walk out my door and see for miles the peaceful snow covered valleys of the Driftless area in Wisconsin. Wisconsin has four distinct seasons and I will say that each one is just right. Winter may be long sometimes but it just makes Spring, Summer, Fall that much more enjoyable. Tennessee and Kentucky are very good choices that I hope the OP considers.
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Old 06-05-2008, 10:27 AM
 
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Are you not happy with where you are now?
Human nature says that we are never happy with where we are now, that the grass is always greener, other people are always happier, and that the next big thing will make us feel happy inside(the last point is what advertising has thrived on for the last 120 years).......this is all from our disposable society......just jettison the old place, and look for the new.........

Factoids about so called great places to live in USA.....

Key West.....little island.....drunken tourists everywhere....few well-paying jobs......very boring after a few months.....


Honolulu......local islanders hate outsiders.....very inbred and insular mindset per the native islanders....Japanese locals are cliquish to the nth degree....

Aspen....small and boring....great for a few weeks in winter.....beyond snobbish residents...

Lake Tahoe .....see above......

San Diego...sky-high prices.....vain locals,,,,,

Austin...Houston....Dallas....overcrowded....hot as hell in summer.....ranked near bottom in educational spending......executes
more people than the rest of the world combined, outside of Red China
and the middle east

PNW.....rains much of the year.....on the damp and cold side much of the year...high cost of living........

and on and on and on....

The point is, there is NO utopia, and we will continue to look for one until our last dying breath..........
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